The Children of Leningradsky

Director: Hanna Polak, Andrzej Celiński

directed by Hanna Polak, Andrzej Celiński directors of photography Hanna Polak, Andrzej Celiński, Hans Jurgen Burkard edited by Ewa Romanowska-Różewicz, Andrzej Celiński produced by Forte Andrzej Celiński Hanna Polak producers Hanna Polak, Andrzej Celiński
colour, 35′
Poland 2004


Since the fall of the Iron Curtain an estimated four million children have found themselves living on the streets in the former countries of the Soviet Union. In the streets of Moscow alone there are over 30,000 surviving in this manner at the present time. The makers of the documentary film concentrated on a community of homeless children living hand to mouth in the Moscow train station Leningradsky. Eight-year-old Sasha, eleven-year-old Kristina, thirteen-year-old Misha and ten-year-old Andrej all dream of living in a communal home. They spend winter nights trying to stay warm by huddling together on hot water pipes and most of their days are spent begging. Andrej has found himself here because of disagreements with his family. Kristina was driven into this way of life by the hatred of her stepmother and twelve-year-old Roma by the regular beatings he received from his constantly drunk father…

Hanna Polak
Born in 1967. Graduated from the Cinematography Division of the Cinematography Institute of the Russian Federation in Moscow. Director, screenwriter, cinematographer, editor, producer.


Andrzej Celiński
Born in 1961. Graduated from the State Theater Academy in Cracow. Director, screenwriter, cinematographer, editor.